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OUR MISSION IS KEEPING THE JAZZ GENRE AND ITS ARTISTS IN THE PRESENT!
15
Nov

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE INTERVIEWS KEIKO MATSUI ~ Journey To The Heart

Once again, Keiko Matsui conjures divine music as she goes on a new musical odyssey on her acoustic album, Journey To The Heart. She’s no stranger to The Jazz In M.E.E. Magazine and graced the cover of the July 2013 issue. Journey To The Heart Keiko Matsui’s 27th recording as a leader, marks the 30th Anniversary since her recording debut and is her boldest statement yet.

Read all about it!
Article written by Sheryl Aronson & Mikey Adam Cohen

14
Nov

The Jazz In M.E.E. Magazine October 2016

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The Jazz In M.E.E. Magazine October Issue 16

This issue of THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE features one of the hottest composers and keyboard players on the jazz scene. Each year we partner with the Jazz Legacy Foundation and this year we chose Jonathan Fritzén to grace the cover of the October 2016 issue. He will be performing at the Jazz Legacy Foundation Gala on November 10th in Virginia. If you have not added this classy and incredibly entertaining event to your “To Do List “, do it now

– http://www.jazzlegacyfoundation.org/index.html.

Jonathan is all about creating musical magic. When I’m doing shows,” Fritzén explains, “it’s about creating something together with the audience. It’s not just about me playing for them. We’re all in the same room, and we’re all going to try and make something special happen.” He’s something and you can read more about this talent Swedish American in this month’s issue.

This issue highlights:
Najee Celebrating 30 years in Music, Keiko Matsui – Journey to the Heart, Jessy J – California Christmas, Paul Taylor – Countdown, Connecting with Karen Briggs , Althea Blowing her Flute, and Vincent Ingala – Coast to Coast .

Also showcased are articles on:
David McLorren – Life Happens, Kim Scott – Southern Heat, The Cancun Jazz Festival . ThunderSoul, and R.A.D.S. Krusaders 2.0. Get ready to be introduced to more talented and incredible independent artists that are making waves in the industry in our Jazz Watch feature.

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18
Sep

JAZZ LEGACY FOUNDATION GALA 2016 – Hampton VA

Are you coming with M.E.E? The Jazz In M.E.E. is ready for the 4th Annual Jazz Legacy Foundation Gala Weekend in Virginia! This event is one of our favs! Super entertaining and classy.

JAZZ LEGACY FOUNDATION GALA
Hampton Roads Convention Center
November 10 – 13, 2016
1610 Coliseum Dr. ~ Hampton, VA 23666

Hotel information, Seating details and Prices for VIP~Reserved~ General Admission visit www.jazzlegacyfoundation.org

To get tickets visit http://jazzlegacyfoundation.org/index.html

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18
Sep

The Jazz In M.E.E. Magazine Jul 2016 Issue 15

 

 

NEW ISSUE!
SIZZLING SUMMER ISSUE

This issue of THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE is Sizzling HOT and features the amazing Damien Escobar on the cover!  This dynamic Emmy Award winning violinist will leave you speechless. His showmanship and his amazing story ” Living A Second Dream” will have you inspired.

This issue highlights: Robert Glasper Carrying the Torch for Miles Davis’s Music, Brian Culbertson Taking Funk To The Stage and Sharon Rae North ‘s  new project Sincerely Yours.

Also showcased are articles on: BB Jazz Concert featuring Jarrod Lawson & Sy Smith, Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival, Vandell Andrew Plays from his Soul, The Multitalented Yolanda Rabun,  Michael Lington, Cindy Bradley and Adam Hawley. Get ready to be introduced to more talented  and incredible independent artists that are making waves in the industry in our Jazz Watch feature.

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2
May

The Jazz In M.E.E. Magazine April 2016 Issue 14

NEW ISSUE!
SPRING IS IN THE AIR

Spring is in the air with THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE. April is the month that we celebrate jazz, its artists and its history. This years International Jazz day was honored in style by President Obama and the White House. We love our JAZZ!

This issue highlights: Love, Jazz and Romance featuring Brian Culbertson, Avery Sunshine, and Eric Darius – The “Melody” behind The Jazz In M.E.E. Melody Warren, Editor  – Chris “Big Dog” Davis Blazing a Trail Through Smooth Jazz – Mindi Abair Launches her New Theo Wanne Mouthpiece and Gail Jhonson introduces us to ” Hands Up For A New Beginning”.  We also revisit some of our amazing cover artists.

The beautiful artistic cover of Editor Melody Warren was created by artist Mikey Adam Cohen. His Jazzed Up ART collection is causing a major buzz on the jazz and art scene.

Also showcased are articles on Cannonball Musical Instruments 20th Anniversary this year at the NAMM Convention in Anaheim, California, A WORD FROM THE RADIO by John Hairston from 1067 The Bridge, an informative TIP JAR on Public Relations from Rick Scott, Great Scott P.R.oductions. Get ready to be introduced to more talented  and incredible independent artists that are making waves in the industry -Magdalena Chovancova, Dwan Bosman, Frank Piombo, Preston Smith, and Rob Tardik.

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The Jazz In M.E.E. Magazine April 2016 Issue 14

25
Jan

The Jazz In M.E.E. Magazine Jan2016 Issue 13

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Our cover artist Danny Kusz is a funky saxophonist based in Minneapolis, “If there’s a message he would like people to know it’s that  he wants to innovate and change the sound of smooth jazz.”  He plans to do just that with his upcoming project, Eruption. The first single drops in January 2016, with the full project scheduled for March  Kusz says it’s not “cookie cutter” smooth jazz. Read about all about his innovative project and edgy musical story.

Music can be healing, trans-formative and a catalyst for change, in this issue you will discover Saxman, Art Sherrod’s Intervention musical strategy. Capturing the essence of music at its best along with iconic female voices that resonate with everyone is a talent very masterfully reserved for drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. Her album “The Mosaic Project” won a GRAMMY for Best Jazz Vocal and was recently followed up by “The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL,” released on August 7th, 2015. This issue also includes the passion behind the Jazz Legacy Foundation, Dave Koz plays the Wortham Theater, the winner of the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocal Competition, quotes from artists about the 1st Annual Cancun Jazz Festival, Theresa Grayson in the spotlight and a special Tip Jar  about  How Do We Keep the Music Playing by Narrio Wright.  Get ready to be introduced to more talented independent artists that are making waves in the industry.

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20
Oct

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE “Pretty In Pink” October 2015 Issue

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Featuring the lovely Grammy nominated vocalist MAYSA! In this issue she reveals her absolute hero, her true love affair with music and her genuine wish for her recent solo release, “Back 2 Love”. Will Downing speaks to The Jazz in M.E.E. about  capturing the hidden desires and true essence of a woman’s heart with his latest release, “Chocolate Drops” beginning with the sexy, eye appealing  CD cover. Be the first to know all about “You Gotta Love The Life,” Melissa Manchester’s first album in ten years is in her words, “my testimony of what I know to be true – not anyone else’s  version of what a good idea would.” This issue also includes a peek into our lunch with Jessy J, the KSBR Birthday Bash, Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival, Smooth Jazz New York Summer Series, Pieces of a Dream and Peter White visits the Lone Star State,  Vel Lewis in the Spotlight,  tips on MIXING & MASTERING from the guru Herb Partlow and much more! You have to see this beautiful issue to experience its quintessence. Get ready to be introduced to many independent artists that are making waves in the industry.

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5
Oct

DAVE KOZ ~ IN HOUSTON~THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE

Nine-time GRAMMY nominee DAVE KOZ performed at the Wortham Center with trumpet extraordinaire RICK BRAUN and silky vocalist KENNY LATTIMORE August 29, 2015.

It had been a while since Dave Koz has played in Houston, but it was well worth the wait. He brought out all of the die hard jazz enthusiasts. He is a gifted professional and brings out the best in everyone that shares the stage with him and his audience. Hanging out and being entertained by Dave Koz, Kenny Lattimore and Rick Braunn proved to be a magical night of music for The Jazz in MEE Magazine.

Over the decades, the saxophone has opened numerous doors for Koz. He has blended his talents with the likes of Ray Charles, Michael McDonald, Rod Stewart and a host of others earning him a spot among the elite in the genre of contemporary jazz. Rick Braun got his start playing with bands including Boney James & Jeff Golub’s Avenue Blue. A trumpet sensation, Braun continues to dazzle the smooth jazz masses. The package tops off with the penetrating vocals of Kenny Lattimore.
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More awesome events coming to Houston!http://alwe.info/events/ – KPVU 91.3 FM
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The night was captured by Heidi Powell Prera and  Nick Jones

 

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17
Jul

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE JULY 2015 INDEPENDENCE DAY ISSUE – WHO’S ON THE LINE UP?

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE JULY 2015
INDEPENDENCE DAY ISSUE
– WHO’S ON THE LINE UP? –

Adding New Artists to our Jazz Festivals!

You know what the summer means every year, folks: it’s jazz festival season. And every year, when the lineups are unrolled, jazz fans all over the country – and the world! – check out what’s cooking in the jazz scene, making their travel plans, and jetting out to enjoy a weekend, or longer, of great music. However, behind these plans to have an amazing time full of music is always the same question: Who’s on the lineup? This issue will give you some interesting insight into what’s being said about adding new seasoning to the mix of your jazz festivals.  This issue also includes articles on Bob Baldwin, Ken Navarro, Grace Kelly, Mariea Antoinette, The Berks Jazz Festival and much more. Get ready to be introduced to many independent artists that are making waves in the industry.

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THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE JULY 2015 ISSUE 11

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E magazine is the premiere source for the jazz industry and its artists. Captivating an audience of over 180,000 national and international readers, this quarterly digital and print magazine chronicles the stories behind the hottest and most fascinating artists and trends in the jazz industry.THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. magazine celebrates the jazz genre from a fresh and passionate perspective through dynamic cover stories, trendy blogs, festival/cruise insights, and“Jazz Watch” music reviews on past and present artists.THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. is on a mission to keep the jazz genre and its artists in the present.

12
Jun

Jazz Legacy Foundation Fundraising Gala 2015

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE  was extremely impressed with the success and support of the classy Jazz Legacy Gala last year. It was the ultimate party with a purpose, filled with fundraising, music, art, interesting people and phenomenal entertainment.   This years line up is stellar and we are excited to once again be a media sponsor & partner for the 3rd annual Jazz Legacy Foundation Fundraising Gala. We invite you to join us for a weekend of musical glitz and glamour to support the mission of the Jazz Legacy Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, that transform young lives through charitable support by way of educational scholarships, creative arts, leadership development, mentoring workshops, and community partnerships, all with the aspirations of enhancing the appreciation and preservation of the art of Jazz. Click link to view Magazine coverage 2014:

JAZZ LEGACY FOUNDATION GALA

 

Hampton Roads Convention Center
November 13 – 15, 2015

1610 Coliseum Dr. ~ Hampton, VA 23666

 

Hotel information, Seating details and Prices for VIP~Reserved~ General Admission visit www.jazzlegacyfoundation.org

Note: The Jazz Legacy Foundation also create and conduct workshops, mentoring programs with master musicians, and offer educational scholarships to further musical endeavors and development. They need your help to accomplish our goals, and we hope that you deem our efforts worthy of your donations, sponsorships, and support.

DONATE HERE

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12
Jun

Lago Maggiore Smooth Jazz Festival in Italy!

Ciao Smooth Jazz-Lovers all over the world! Are you ready to jet set to another incredible destination in the name of JAZZ?  Pack your bags! 

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine partners with Smooth Entertainment to introduce the Lago Maggiore Jazz Festival in Italy! 

The Smooth Entertainment festival family has grown again. In the new year,  the altogether 13th edition of our SMOOTH JAZZ FESTIVAL series takes us to a new place in a new country – a country known for good food, good wine, fashion, summer, sun, sunshine – a country known for LA DOLCE VITA: Italy.

The 3rd in the league of their annual festivals is from now on going to take place there, more precisely at the picturesque Lake Maggiore. The second largest lake in Italy is located in the wine region of Piemonte and is just within a stone’s throw of Lake Como, where for example George Clooney owns a house. Venue for our festival is the Grand Hotel Dino in Baveno. The exclusive bathing and holiday resort Baveno, which is situated about 45 minutes north of the fashion metropolis Milan, is surrounded by picturesque mountains. It has retained the glamour of the 60s andthe charm of Art Nouveau. The hotel itself is nestled in a beautiful natural setting with century-old trees in the parks, pools, and the breathtaking panorama of the Borromean Islands. The spacious complex extends directly to the lake shore and has a private boat jetty.

On the Smooth Entertainment stage, they welcome some of the biggest and  most  successful international stars of the Contemporary and Smooth Jazz scene.  Check out the lineup for 2015 and book your reservations today!

http://www.italy.smoothjazzfestival.de/?lang=en

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11
Jun

Will Downing , Maysa and Jarrod Lawson

What a night of music! The Jazz in MEE Magazine enjoyed it! Will Downing , Maysa and Jarrod Lawson left their musical footprint in the hearts of Houstonians last evening. It was a sultry, sexy and exciting atmosphere filled with adoring fans. What an exceptional way to kick off a holiday weekend in melodic style. Andre James was a fun and engaging host and Marketta Rodriguez and her team did an amazing job bringing world class talent to the Lone Star State. Stay tuned for more musical gatherings hosted by Serious Sounds. A real Record Store!! Catering to music lovers for over 20 yrs .

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5
Jun

DAVE KOZ IS COMING TO HOUSTON!

Nine-time GRAMMY nominee DAVE KOZ performs at the Wortham Center with trumpet extraordinaire RICK BRAUN and silky vocalist KENNY LATTIMORE August 29, 2015.

Over the decades, the saxophone has opened numerous doors for Koz. He has blended his talents with the likes of Ray Charles, Michael McDonald, Rod Stewart and a host of others earning him a spot among the elite in the genre of contemporary jazz. Rick Braun got his start playing with bands including Boney James & Jeff Golub’s Avenue Blue. A trumpet sensation, Braun continues to dazzle the smooth jazz masses. The package tops off with the penetrating vocals of Kenny Lattimore. Don’t miss this performance! 

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5
Jun

Pieces of a Dream Show at the Hobby Center in Houston

The Pieces of a Dream show at the Hobby Center in Houston was a HIT! They had not performed in Houston in a while but they packed the house and showed out. Seeing this group perform is always a huge treat The Jazz in MEE Magazine had the pleasure of experiencing their live show for the first time in Nov during the Jazz Legacy Gala in Virginia.

Our friends David Dyson, Rohn Lawrence,, Jelando Johnson,Anne Mundy, Vernon Daniels, Tony Watson and the band were incredible.

The Three talented Guitars Joe Carmouche, Mark Towns and Lawrence Overshown killed it and the crowd could not get enough of their musical gift.

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5
Jun

A SARDAA JAZZY SUNDAY BRUNCH w/ VEL LEWIS

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE enjoyed a fun filled Sunday brunch featuring the amazing music of  Vel Lewis hosted by SARDAA. What a way to support and bring awareness to a great cause. (SARDAA) Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America promotes improvement in the lives of people with schizophrenia-related illnesses and their families by providing support, hope, and awareness so that early diagnosis, treatment, and community services increase recovery.Get ready for The World Mental Health Awareness Day Gala scheduled for Saturday, October 10th, 2015 JW Marriott Houston visit www.sardaa.org for more information The amazing photos are by Heidi Powell Prera

 

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22
Apr

AUSTIN AREA JAZZ FESTIVAL

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Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio Music Fans, take a romantic road trip to Austin this Memorial Day Weekend for the Austin Area Jazz Fest!  Ledisi, Will Downing, Supergroup BWB (featuring Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown) will make it  well worth the trip!

Get tickets today! http://austinareajazzfestival.com

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10
Apr

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE APRIL 2015 – A TRIBUTE TO JEFF GOLUB

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE APRIL 2015
– A TRIBUTE TO JEFF GOLUB

January 1st, 2015, was the start of a new year, but for the world of contemporary jazz, it was the day that we lost one of our jazz jewels – Jeff Golub. There was something rather remarkable about Jeff; apart from his musical gift on guitar, the ease of his smile, the exuberance of his personality; he had the ability to bring people together from all walks of life. Jeff began his career alongside superstars in the likes of Rod Stewart and Tina Turner before launching a stellar solo career. We all adored Jeff Golub and he will truly be missed.

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine gives Jeff Golub an early birthday present and pays tribute to this beloved and talented artist with an April 2015 Souvenir Edition. This issue also includes articles on The Total Music Package of Gregory Porter, Grand Opening of Spaghettini Beverly Hills and the Dave Koz Lounge, The Retro Forward Eric Darius,Origins of Camille Thurman, The Magnetic Will Donato, The Inspirational Ann Nesby and much more. Get ready to be introduced to many independent artists that are making waves in the industry.

THE JAZZ IN MEE MAGAZINE APRIL 2015 ISSUE 10

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E magazine is the premiere source for the jazz industry and its artists. Captivating an audience of over 180,000 national and international readers, this quarterly digital and print magazine chronicles the stories behind the hottest and most fascinating artists and trends in the jazz industry.THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. magazine celebrates the jazz genre from a fresh and passionate perspective through dynamic cover stories, trendy blogs, festival/cruise insights, and“Jazz Watch” music reviews on past and present artists.THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. is on a mission to keep the jazz genre and its artists in the present.

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8
Apr

KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival

KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival 
 
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine partners with the KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival to introduce you to A one-of-a-kind event with more than 30 contemporary jazz all-stars playing together to support Orange County’s community radio station, KSBR 88.5. 
 
Event includes the Taste of the Bash showcasing more than 20 of Orange County’s favorite restaurants and wineries. The tastings are included in the price of admission!
 
  • Sunday, May 24, 2015
  • The Village Green of Oso Viejo Park, Mission Viejo
  • Taste of the Bash 3:30pm-5pm, concert begins at 5pm
  • Music, Food & Fun!
For tickets: WWW.KSBR.ORG or call (949) 582-4501
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine partners with the KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival
9
Mar

Jet Set with M.E.E. to Spain

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE partners with Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival to bring jazz enthusiasts to the only smooth jazz festival in the European Mediterranean.

If you are looking to enjoy the finer things in life, phenomenal music, exquisite food, luscious wine, amazing entertainment, perfect weather, and a unique experience in the breathtaking scenery of the Mediterranean Sea, this musical vacation is just what you have been waiting for.

Europe’s greatest Soul, Funk & Jazz Party
starring
KIRK WHALUM
EUGE GROOVE
VINCENT INGALA
JONATHAN FRITZÉN
JOHN STODDART
PAUL BROWN
CHUCK LOEB
FOUR80EAST
MELINA

www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de (Festival Homepage)
www.smoothjazzshop.eu/mallorca (Festival Tickets & Packages)

Welcome to the MALLORCA SMOOTH JAZZ FESTIVAL – the only smooth jazz festival in the European Mediterranean area. Actually, in Sa Coma, on the beautiful east coast of the Spanish island Mallorca.

In May, a music festival with unique live music awaits you in the exclusive ambience of the Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa. The 5-star hotel is also the venue and is characterized by an elegant and modern equipment, a full-equipped spa area as well as landscaped gardens and swimming pools (indoor / outdoor). Located only 300 metres from the beach, right on the Punta de n’Amer natural park.

This musical (short) vacation* is all about enjoying the finer things in life. Good music. Good food. Good wine. Good entertainment. Good weather. Good prospects for recovery and a unique experience in the breathtaking scenery of the Mediterranean Sea.

On stage, we welcome some of the biggest and most successful international stars of the Contemporary and Smooth Jazz scene. The live concerts take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening and on Sunday forenoon until afternoon.

* Additional vacation days at the hotel can be booked optionally.

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8
Feb

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. PLAYLIST LIVE JAZZ SERIES in Houston

COMING SOON!

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE  will host a PLAYLIST LIVE JAZZ SERIES in Houston !!!
We are excited to introduce great new artists to the Houston and surrounding areas.  We’ve met most of the artists during our jazz journey traveling the world and we are very proud that these artists have embraced our cause and mission to support the genre. Our PLAYLIST LIVE JAZZ SERIES will feature Jessy J, Phil Denny, JJ Sansaverino,Theresa Grayson, Matt Marshak, Lin Rountree and Chris Godber. The venue and dates will be announced very soon. Stay tuned for more information. 
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Feb

BWIJ & ARTS AWARDS

You are cordially invited to attend the 

BLACK WOMEN IN JAZZ & ARTS AWARDS 

This new movement in the Atlanta area is advancing and shining a light on black women in jazz and the arts. Sha Battle, the founder of the Black Women In Jazz & Arts Awards has established an organization that is creating a greater awareness of the many vital contributions that African American female artists have made in the past, present and to the future of jazz. They celebrate the awesome work of known artists, spotlight the up-and-coming artists, and honor the sophisticated ladies who present such phenomenal work but who may have gotten lost in the mélange. Black Women In Jazz Day is March 1, 2015,  and is celebrated by this organization with a weekend of empowerment events and an annual black tie awards gala that features a night of glamour and elegance, showcasing the immense talent black women have contributed to jazz and the arts. 

The National Black Women In Jazz & the Arts Day Inaugural weekend celebration will be held in Atlanta and festivities will begins Friday, Feb 27- Sunday, March 1, 2015. All scheduled events will be held at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead 3300 Peachtree Road, N.E. Atlanta, Ga 30305.

For ticket, performance and weekend schedule information please visit  www.BlackWomenInJazz.com
or www.BWIJAwards.com.  If you have additional questions please call 678.861.7370 

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23
Jan

Jonathan Bulter & Alex Bugnon in Houston

Love, Jazz & Romance

Jonathan Butler & Alex Bugnon

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A day filled with “Love, Jazz & Romance” features two impeccable smooth jazz artists: Jonathan Butler & Alex Bugnon. Whether playing dazzling chords on the guitar or belting out sweet vocals, Jonathan Butler remains a captivating and powerful performer, pouring his heart into selections from his immense catalogue. Jazz pianist extraordinaire Alex Bugnon has been a prolific and energetic force on the contemporary music scene for more than two decades. A renowned musician/composer, Bugnon hales from the picturesque town of Montreux, Switzerland, site of the world famous Jazz Festival. Don’t miss this epic explosion of smooth jazz. Add the JAZZ BRUNCH, which starts at 1:00pm, before the concert that’s scheduled for 3:00pm.

Purchase tickets: http://tickets.houstonfirsttheaters.com/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=1094

Box Office Hours & Phone lines – Mon – Fri 10:00am – 5:00pm (832)487-7041

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9
Jan

Happy New Year – THE JAZZ IN MEE MAGAZINE JAN 2015

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE
JANUARY 2015  – A FRESH START

Happy New Year!

Yes, we survived 2014. In fact, we thrived because of the incredible support, hard work, creativity, and dedication of our support system. We are grateful to everyone for their tremendous efforts, and THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE wishes everyone a rewarding, and joyous new year.

This issue includes articles on the Iconic Joe Sample, Black Women In Jazz & The Arts Awards that will be held in Atlanta, Daughters of Jazz featuring Selina Albright & Rochella Brown, 2nd Annual Jazz Legacy Foundation Gala recapping our classy experience and the Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg Germany and much more. Get ready to be introduced to many independent artists that are making waves in the industry.

We are elated about what we have in store for our readers in 2015 and we look forward to working with you throughout this new year.

THE JAZZ IN MEE MAGAZINE Jan 2015 Issue 9

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E magazine is the premiere source for the jazz industry and its artists. Captivating an audience of over 180,000 national and international readers, this quarterly digital and print magazine chronicles the stories behind the hottest and most fascinating artists and trends in the jazz industry.THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. magazine celebrates the jazz genre from a fresh and passionate perspective through dynamic cover stories, trendy blogs, festival/cruise insights, and“Jazz Watch” music reviews on past and present artists.THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. is on a mission to keep the jazz genre and its artists in the present.

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19
Dec

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. interviews Gregory Porter

Tomorrow, 12/20/14 The Jazz in MEE Magazine will finally get to experience the live performance and will interview Grammy Award-winning American jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actor Gregory Porter. Porter won the 2014 Grammy for best jazz vocal album, Liquid Spirit. If you will be in the San Antonio, Tx area tomorrow, he will be performing at Carver Community Cultural Center.

http://www.gregoryporter.com/2014/12/san-antonio-tx-122014/

 

13
Oct

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. ~ NEW JAZZ FAN T-SHIRT

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. NEW JAZZ FAN 
T-SHIRT IS NOW AVAILABLE.

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Oct

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2014 LIFE + STYLE+ JAZZ = RHYTHM & HOME

Pulaski Furniture endorses one of our own ~MATT MARSHAK~

Inspired by the music and lifestyle of Matt Marshak this complete home collection (bedroom, dining, occasional and upholstery) has over 70 pieces, contemporary and urban styling, with a mix of woods and materials. The collection debuts at the High Point Furniture market in October and will be available in stores early 2015. 

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. had the pleasure of meeting Matt Marshak’s in Mallorca Spain, and we were truly impressed and even more so with his pleasurable demeanor and true support of our brand. So, it was not surprising at all that Marshak has touched an entirely different industry in the same regard. He will now will use his likeness and jazz lifestyle to permeate another target audience and share the gift of music. Congratulations!

This issue includes articles on the popular Capital Jazz Festival and Austin Jazz Festival. We get charmed by Hugh Masakela, I Hope You Dance with Melvin Miller and see have to check out our new Gospel in M.E.E. artists. SUBSCRIBE TODAY 

 The Jazz In M.E.E. Magazine Oct 2014

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E magazine is the premiere source for the jazz industry and its artists. Captivating an audience of over 180,000 national and international readers, this quarterly digital and print magazine chronicles the stories behind the hottest and most fascinating artists and trends in the jazz industry.THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. magazine celebrates the jazz genre from a fresh and passionate perspective through dynamic cover stories, trendy blogs, festival/cruise insights, and“Jazz Watch” music reviews on past and present artists.THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. is on a mission to keep the jazz genre and its artists in the present.

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Check out Matt in his commercial for Pulaski Furniture video: 

 

23
Sep

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE invites you to our NYC Meet & Greet Weekend

 

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE
invites you to our
NYC Meet & Greet Weekend

 



Come out and Meet M.E.E. as we take NYC by storm during our NYC weekend tour. You will enjoy some amazing shows! Cruise with M.E.E. on the Hornblower Infinity Yacht with the amazing band Spyro Gyra on October 3rd. Celebrate with Matt Marshak during his “Lifestyle” CD release party on October 4th and hang with our cover artist and friend Keiko Matsui during her BB King performance on Oct 5th.

  
October 3rd. SPYRO GYRO
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. will cruise on the Hornblower Infinity Yacht with the amazing band Spyro Gyra
http://www.smoothjazznewyork.com/events/209-Smooth-Cruise-Encore-Spyro-Gyra

 

October 4th MATT MARSHAK
Celebrate with Matt Marshak & M.E.E. during his “Lifestyle” CD release and our Meet & Greet party 
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/midtown-groove-nyc-matt-marshak-cd-release-concert-tickets-12732957619?aff=eorg



October 5th. KEIKO MATSUI
Hang with our cover artist and friend Keiko Matsui during her BB King performance
 http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=3764



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4
Sep

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. covers John Coltrane Jazz and Blues Fest

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine http://thejazzinmee.com/covers The 4th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival hosted by the Friends of John Coltrane in High Point NC. The mission of the Friends of John Coltrane, a charitable 501(c)3 organization, is to preserve and celebrate the life and music of John Coltrane and to enrich the lives of others through the introduction of jazz and other musical genres.

The objectives of the Festival are to: 1. Bring a signature event to the city of High Point that demonstrates the significance of High Point in the life of John Coltrane and the cultural and economic vitality of the city; and 2. Help educate and promote jazz and other musical genres to the youth of our communities.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx1tGvSdXRgthe

More pictures: https://www.facebook.com/melody.warrenjazz/media_set?set=a.10204927514531409.1073741879.1346973708&type=3

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4
Sep

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MEET & GREET IN NORTH CAROLINA ~ Boston’s House of Jazz

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE had a chance to meet some of the great people of North Carolina during our visit to Greensboro… Sunday August 31, 2014 at Boston’s House Of Jazz & Blues. It was a fun night of meeting & greeting… It’s was a white affair, and the perfect time to make a fashion statement and talk THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. with some beautiful people. http://www.bostonshouseofjazz.com.

 

More pics https://www.facebook.com/melody.warrenjazz/media_set?set=a.10204925946612212.1073741877.1346973708&type=3

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4
Sep

Join M.E.E in Making TV History ~ The J-Spot Live TV Taping

Join M.E.E in Making TV History ~ The J-Spot Live TV Taping
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine is moving our brand to TV!!! We are excited to partner with the new Houston Jazz TV program – The J-Spot with host Bobby Lyle. 

You are invited to be a part of the LIVE TV TAPING! 
Be in the J-Spot TV audience on Friday. night Sept. 12, at Indigo Lounge Midtown, located at 2117 Chenevert St.(Chenevert at Gray), Houston, Texas 77003You will get to experience 3 jazz artists – Bobby Lyle (keyboards), Vandell Andrew (saxophone) and Joe Carmouche (guitar). Let’s get up close and personal with these jazz greats.
Get your tickets now because its an intimate setting and they will go fast. http://www.eventbee.com/v/thejspot New Platinum V.I.P. Tickets on sale; Pre-Show Artist Mixer and complimentary food and drink samplings. Hang out with Bobby, Vandell and Joe before the event.


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22
Aug

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. & SUMMER HORNS IN AUSTIN TX

SUMMER HORNS was an amazing top notch production.  Awesome job recreating the funk sax/horn sections of the 70s with the latest and greatest players.  We loved the diversity of the show, it was very entertaining. Summer Horns was pure energy and incredible horn riffs. One World Theater in Austin will never be the same. This Saxy team included  DAVE KOZ, MINDI ABAIR, RICHARD ELLIOT & GERALD ALBRIGHT. This was the hottest jazz show of the year!  They played tribute to some of the greatest horn sections of all time… EARTH, WIND & FIRE, CHICAGO, JAMES BROWN, STEVIE WONDER, DAVE BRUBECK, TOWER OF POWER AND SLY & THE FAMILY STONE. You have to catch this Summer Horns show in a city near you, its flaming HOT.  To view more pics: https://www.facebook.com/melody.warrenjazz/media_set?set=a.10204752576518068.1073741875.1346973708&type=3

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22
Jul

Acoustic Alchemy & THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE spends an evening with Acoustic Alchemy in Houston. The musical experiences that we encounter are priceless. Acoustic Alchemy was incredible. This band that many have loved for years put on another stellar performance in Houston @ Dosey Doe, Inc. If you don’t know them get to know them. Not only talented,but a stunning group of men with exceptional personalities and welcoming demeanors. The audience adored this band and their musical gift. Watch for them and their story in an upcoming issue of THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE.http://thejazzinmee.com/

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22
Jul

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. meets Najee

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE caught up with NAJEE in Austin during his performance at One World Theatre! We were excited to experience his live show and chat with the two-time Grammy nominated saxophonist and flautist…. We were able to experience the master at work during his engaging and entertaining performance. The crowd could not get enough. His band was beyond talented and a fun group. Najee and his team were so gracious and we had an amazing time. He has a great story, so stay tuned for more Najee in THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE – SUBSCRIBE TODAY!http://thejazzinmee.com/store/. The beautiful photo are byHeidi Powell Prera

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21
Jul

Supper Club Fridays with Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm recording artist Althea Rene

Supper Club Fridays with Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm recording artist Althea Rene 
La Vie Fusion Bistro & Lounge presents Supper Club Fridays with Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm recording artist Althea Rene on August 1, 2014 in Houston . Don’t miss it!
Althea Rene returns to Houston, Texas for an intimate performance and you are invited to experience her unique and mesmeric show.
2 sets ( 8:00pm & 10:30pm)
VIP Tickets $40.00
General Admission Tickets $20.00
For Info/Celebration Packages call 832.728.7209
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15
Jul

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE JULY 2014 ISSUE

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE JULY 2014 ISSUE

– SUMMERTIME & FESTIVAL SEASON –
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This issue includes articles on the popular Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival and Arizona Smooth Jazz Festival. We also get Influenced by Nick Colionne and experience Soul Appeal from Michael Lington, you have to lay eyes on this issue.

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E magazine is the premiere source for the jazz industry and its artists. Captivating an audience of over 180,000 national and international readers, this quarterly digital and print magazine chronicles the stories behind the hottest and most fascinating artists and trends in the jazz industry.

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. magazine celebrates the jazz genre from a fresh and passionate perspective through dynamic cover stories, trendy blogs, festival/cruise insights, and“Jazz Watch” music reviews on past and present artists.THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. is on a mission to keep the jazz genre and its artists in the present.

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5
Jul

CHOCOLATE SUMMER NIGHT 2014 was a success!

WHAT AN AMAZING NIGHT!

CHOCOLATE SUMMER NIGHT 2014 featuring Emmy Award Winning Poet HANK STEWART, Saxophonist Vandell Andrew & Vocalist Ayanna Soulfulrose Saturday , June 14, 20014 @ La Vie Fusion Bistro & Lounge was a huge success!

To view more photos : https://www.facebook.com/melody.warrenjazz/media_set?set=a.10204310258100384.1073741872.1346973708&type=3

 

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5
Jul

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. & THE AUSTIN JAZZ FESTIVAL

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E Magazine spent the Memorial Day weekend with our Austin Jazz Festival Family!http://thejazzinmee.com/ David McLorren http://www.davidmclorren.com/ and M.E.E. joined forces in covering/ capturing amazing memories of this high energy and interactive festival.

Austin’s next great music festival – Austin Jazz Festival was held May 25, 2014 at The Backyard feat Kirk Whalum! | austinjazzfest.com

Austin proudly hangs it’s collective hat on being the Live Music Capital of the World® – with several music festivals to match.

One noticeable missing genre exception- JAZZ. Austin Jazz Festival is designed to fill that void. Jazz is a uniquely cultural phenomenon that unites people across the divides of race, age, nationality and socio-economic status.

The 2014 festival featured international jazz master Kirk Whalum, Jazz Funk Soul with Jeff Lorber and Everette Harp, saxophonist Kyle Turner, Jessy J and flautist Althea René. It was incredible and next year find your way to AUSTIN TX for this amazing festival.

To view more pictures:

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5
Jun

Are you ready for Chocolate Summer Night 2014?

Are you ready for Chocolate Summer Night?

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE!
Don’t wait tickets will go fast!
http://thejazzinmee.com/tickets/

Featuring
Emmy Award Winning Poet
HANK STEWART
www.hankstewart.net

Saxophonist Vandell Andrew & Vocalist Ayanna Soulfulrose
Saturday , June 14th
Doors open @ 7pm | Show starts @ 8pm
La Vie Fusion Bistro & Lounge
14250 Memorial Drive Suite 112,
Houston, Texas 77079

General Admission Tickets
$25 In advance | $30 At the door

An amazing array of artistry, music, poetry, and entertainment with an assorted flavor!

FACEBOOK EVENT:

https://www.facebook.com/events/528317933954047/

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30
May

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE Photoshoot in Spain 2014.

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine Photoshoot in Spain featuring Peter White, Nick Colionne, Spencer Day , Gregg Karukas and Paul Shilts Weimar… We were all in Spain to participate in the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival!  We had a blast. Photographed by Christian Nordström http://www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de/?lang=en

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19
May

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine wins Award for Best Jazz Publication.

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE is honored to accept the Black Women in Jazz Award for Best Jazz Publication. We are truly grateful for this recognition and we appreciate our supporters for voting.
http://www.blackwomeninjazz.com/

 

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16
Apr

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE APRIL 2014 – Springs Into Second Chances

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE APRIL 2014 ISSUE IS A GO!
~ Spring Into Second Chances~ SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E magazine is the premiere source for the jazz industry and its artists. Captivating an audience of over 180,000 national and international readers, this quarterly digital and print magazine chronicles the stories behind the hottest and most fascinating artists and trends in the jazz industry.

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. magazine celebrates the jazz genre from a fresh and passionate perspective through dynamic cover stories, trendy blogs, festival/cruise insights, and“Jazz Watch” music reviews on past and present artists.THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. is on a mission to keep the jazz genre and its artists in the present.

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2
Apr

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. covers Jessy J & Students of the DMI.

JESSY J visits Houston for the Latin Jazz Jam supporting Diaz Music Institute http://jessyj.com/. THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. was there to capture this great event. Diaz Music Institute (DMI) is one of the most innovative arts organization of its’ kind. Recognized as one of the best Hispanic Arts Organizations in the City of Houston, by Houston’s KPRC (Local 2) television station, DMI continues to develop programs to inspire children. DMI teaches students to set and achieve high goals. They offer workshops that give students direct contact with many of Latin music’s greatest performers. DMI also helps develop kids leadership and mentoring skills. http://diazmusicinstitute.org/wordpress/. JESSY J~ surprised M.E.E. and wore our shirt. Very cool…. We loved it. 

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30
Jan

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE JANUARY 2014 ISSUE – A Stylish Crossover

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THE JAZZ IN M.E.E magazine is the premiere source for the jazz industry and its artists. Captivating an audience of over 180,000 national and international readers, this quarterly digital and print magazine chronicles the stories behind the hottest and most fascinating artists and trends in the jazz industry.

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. magazine celebrates the jazz genre from a fresh and passionate perspective through dynamic cover stories, trendy blogs, festival/cruise insights, and“Jazz Watch” music reviews on past and present artists.THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. is on a mission to keep the jazz genre and its artists in the present.

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18
Jan

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE MEET & GREET IN LA!

Are you coming to THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE MEET & GREET IN LA? We will be in town for NAMM and the Grammys and would love to meet you? https://www.facebook.com/events/1429230823980360/

Come out and Meet M.E.E. during our visit to California and enjoy an amazing show that will include: Aysha and Friends ~ Blake Aaron, Tony Exum Jr., Monty Seward, Keith Eaddy and Tony Moore!
THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014
Two Shows 7:30 & 9:00pm
Vibrato Jazz Grill
2930 Beverly Glen Cir.
Los Angeles,CA 90077

Reserve your table early!
310-474-9400
$20 Cover Charge

https://vibrato.herbalpertpresents.com/

The first 20 Meet & Greet guest will receive a complimentary copy of THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE.

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8
Jan

THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine would like to thank our team, supporters and contributors for helping us build an awesome platform to support jazz and the arts. Please take a moment to sign up for our updates http://magazinesignup.thejazzinmee.com/ and purchase/subscribe to our magazine http://thejazzinmee.com/store/.

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4
Jan

JET SET WITH M.E.E. TO SPAIN 2014

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine partners with Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival to bring jazz enthusiasts to the only smooth jazz festival in the European Mediterranean.

http://www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de/partner/?lang=en

BOOK YOUR TRIP HERE:  http://smoothjazzshop.eu/mallorca/jazzinmee

Located in Sa Coma, on the beautiful east coast of the Spanish island Mallorca. An exotic musical festival with a unique blend of jazz music awaits you in the exclusive ambiance of the Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa. This 5-star hotel is located only 300 meters from the beach and is characterized by an elegant, modern and fully-equipped spa, as well as dreamy landscaped gardens and cozy swimming pools (indoor / outdoor).

If you are looking to enjoy the finer things in life, phenomenal music, exquisite food, luscious wine, amazing entertainment, perfect weather, and a unique experience in the breathtaking scenery of the Mediterranean Sea, this musical vacation is just what you have been waiting for.

On stage, we will welcome some of the biggest and most successful international stars on the Contemporary and Smooth Jazz scene. The live concerts will take place on Friday and Saturday evening and on Sunday forenoon until afternoon.

Come on……Jet set with “M.E.E.” to Spain!  We only live once!

BOOK YOUR TRIP WITH M.E.E. CLICK HERE:

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4
Jan

Take a look at our 2013 Artists of the Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR  FROM M.E.E.!

As the Holiday Season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on those who have helped us shape our business. We value our relationship with you and look forward to being a part of your 2014.
Can you believe that it has been 1 year since we published our magazine? It seems like just yesterday that M.E.E. selected Elan Trotman as our first cover artist and we traveled to California to market our new publication. This year has took us on many amazing journeys..Spain, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Martha’s Vineyard, Hollywood and many doors of opportunity have opened for M.E.E. Our magazine continues to be embraced and supported by many and we are truly grateful. We look forward to a successful 2014.

We would like to thank all of our contributors, supporters, sponsors and followers for your continued support. We will diligently continue our mission to keep jazz and its artists present.

We wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a New Year filled with Peace and Prosperity
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Take a look at our 2013 Artists of the Year!

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE 2013 JAZZ WATCH FEMALE ARTISTS

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8
Dec

ARE YOU WITH M.E.E.

ARE YOU WITH M.E.E.
A fusion of jazz , fashion and art, THE JAZZ IN M.E.E Magazine is the premiere source for the jazz industry and its artists. Captivating an audience of over 180,000 national and international readers, this quarterly digital and print magazine chronicles the stories behind the hottest and most fascinating artists and trends, in the jazz industry. Under the direction of Editor-in-Chief, Melody Warren, THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. magazine celebrates the jazz genre from a fresh and passionate perspective through dynamic cover stories, trendy blogs, festival insights, and Jazz Watch music reviews on past and present artists.
Subscribe to our 2014 MAGAZINE & SHOP WITH M.E.E.:
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View our  2013 Magazines !
October 2013 – Candy Dulfer
http://thejazzinmee.com/the-jazz-in-m-e-e-magazine-oct-2013/
July 2013 – Keiko Matsui
http://thejazzinmee.com/the-jazz-in-m-e-e-magazine-july-2013/
April 2013 – Marion Meadows
http://thejazzinmee.com/the-jazz-in-m-e-e-magazine-april-2013/
Jan 2013 – Elan Trotman
http://thejazzinmee.com/the-jazz-in-m-e-e-magazine-january-2013/
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. is accepting CD submissions for our music showcase and for editorial consideration.
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24
Nov

Give the Gift of JAZZ for the holidays

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the jazz industry and its artists. Captivating an audience of over 180,000 national and international
readers, this quarterly digital and print magazine chronicles the stories behind the hottest
and most fascinating artists and trends in the jazz industry.
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. magazine celebrates the jazz genre from a fresh and passionate perspective
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7
Oct

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE OCTOBER ISSUE

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THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE – OCTOBER 2013 ISSUE IS HOT!

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. has the jazz industry buzzing with our amazing new publication that’s a fusion of jazz, fashion and art. Thank you for continuing to spread the word. THE JAZZ IN M.E.E magazine is the premiere source for the jazz industry and its artists. Captivating an audience of over 180,000 national and international readers, this quarterly digital and print magazine chronicles the stories behind the hottest and most fascinating artists and trends in the jazz industry.

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. magazine celebrates the jazz genre from a fresh and passionate perspective through dynamic cover stories, trendy blogs, festival/cruise insights, and“Jazz Watch” music reviews on past and present artists.THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. is on a mission to keep the jazz genre and its artists in the present.

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23
Sep

WHO’S COMING WITH M.E.E. TO THE GREATEST PARTY AT SEA?

Get your tickets now:

Book online at www.TheSmoothJazzCruise.com or call 888-852-9987 and mention PROMO CODE MELODY to get these rates and attend the private cocktail party with M.E.E.! See you on the ship.
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE & THE SMOOTH JAZZ CRUISE

WHO’S COMING WITH M.E.E.
The Greatest Party at Sea-West Coast Edition
to the Mexican Riviera!!!

CABO SAN LUCAS • PUERTO VALLARTA • BAJA COAST  

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine partners with The Smooth Jazz Cruise to bring  jazz enthusiasts to The Greatest Party at Sea – West Coast Edition. The Smooth Jazz Cruise ’13, will be hosted  by superstars Brian Culbertson and Boney James, and will set sail from San Diego for the Mexican Riviera on Holland America’s m/s Westerdam from Oct. 12 ‐ 19, 2013, with more artists, more musical events and more exciting events than any of the other 18 “smooth jazz” cruises that Entertainment Cruise Productions has produced.
Check out this stellar line up!
Lineup

http://www.thesmoothjazzcruise.com/2013-West-Coast/Lineup

5 Great Reasons to Sail on the“Greatest Party at Sea”

  • Wall-to-wall live music. The usual cruise offers 40 shows. This cruise will feature 60 concerts!
  • Best rates ever offered are available NOW. Good cabins are still available.
  • Sail Now, Pay Later. If you book, you can take advantage of our Sail Now, Pay Later payment schedule. You make one payment now, and the balance is divided into five payments, three before we sail and two due after the cruise is over!
  • Priority for The Smooth Jazz Cruise ’15. SJC’15 is going to be “UNFORGETTABLE”! Reservations for this sailing are currently limited to guests of SJC’13 and SJC’14. Since SJC’14 is already SOLD OUT, sailing on SJC’13 just might be the best way to secure a reservation on The Smooth Jazz Cruise ’15 January 11-18, 2015 departing from Ft. Lauderdale.
  • You Can Sail With Me. I will be on the cruise and will be hosting a very special cocktail party for all of my friends and guests.

CLICK ON THE button to view Special Military Pricing!

Book online at www.TheSmoothJazzCruise.com or call 888-852-9987 and mention PROMO CODE MELODY to get these rates and attend the private cocktail party with M.E.E.! See you on the ship,
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19
Sep

M.E.E. TICKET GIVEAWAY FOR KEIKO MATSUI IN HOUSTON

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. gives away tickets to see Keiko Matsui!

Keiko has released her new CD Soul Quest! Win tickets and backstage passes to see her live in Houston at the Dosey Doe Big Barn on October 21, 2013.

SIGN UP to be entered into the drawing:
http://magazinesignup.thejazzinmee.com/

 

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13
Sep

M.E.E. & Sax and the City!

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. headed to Austin, Tx to cover and experience Sax and the City featuring  Marion Meadows, Jessy J, Paul Taylor  w/ Joe McBride, Will Brock and Pamela Hart hosted by Women in Jazz at the Riverbend Center for the Arts  http://womeninjazz.org/. This show was phenomenal and M.E.E. witnessed one of the best bands ever supporting Marion, Jessy and Paul.! They were all shining STARS!  Jabari Kersey rocked the house of drums, Chip Sherin killed on bass, Joe McBride got down & dirty on keys, and Will Brock caused an up roar from the crowd with his triumphant solo on keys and engaging vocal performance “Come Together”. Pamela Hart’s performance was lyrically beautiful and melodically gracious.

M.E.E. spent some quality with Jessy J and she was delightful in personality and deadly on sax!. As you know, Texans love our southern hospitality and she fit right in with M.E.E. I loved talking with her, and to my surprise her mother hailed from Texas and her dad from Mexico and she joked about being Tex-Mex. She had a pleasant demeanor, was funny and stunning in person. She has an extreme passion for music and slings that sax like no other, all while being stylish and beautiful. Make sure you pick up her new CD Second Chances that was released on Sept 10th.  We have a shopping date planned in Jan on Melrose. We have much more to share with you from our interview with Jessy… Stay tune.http://jessyj.com/

Our friend Marion Meadows was beyond amazing, he took charge of the show and proved that Sax and the City was a stellar top notch jazz show in the industry. We had not seen him since he graced the pages of our April magazine issue, so he did the honors of signing & posing . He is a class act, a true supporter of M.E.E. and a great sax player…He rocked the house musically and verbally with his great hosting  talents.http://www.marionmeadows.com/

Our Paul Taylor experience was INCREDIBLE! He was BLAZIN HOT on stage. we had never seen him perform live before and M.E.E. was in LOVE.  His personality was warm and inviting. If you don’t have his Prime Time CD, run out and get it. He played us a few tunes and we were hooked! His sound was addictive and we loved the vibe of his music. We had a Twitter experience over a year ago and he actually remembered it and that meant alot to M.E.E.https://www.facebook.com/paultaylorsax1

We also had a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee amongst us. Many of you have heard of Chip Shearin. If you haven’t, you’ve lived and felt his presence with his bass playing almost as a part of your every day lives. Be it Television theme songs, Movie scores, Jingles or countless tours with a who’s who in Music. If not those, surely from the iconic bass line for Sugar Hill Gangs, Rappers Delight! The bass line that American Band Stand’s, Dick Clark says …”you may not know the rap but they’re singing the bass line all over the world!”.. Rolling Stone Magazine’s #2 best rap song ever! And the first to chart on billboard and triggering a billion dollar industry. All resting neatly on this iconic bass line!

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Sep

M.E.E. interviews Jessy J

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE will interview Jessy J and talk about her new CD Second Chances! The official release date is Sept, 10, 2013.  She will be performing this weekend in Austin with Marion Meadows and Paul Taylor  “Sax and the City” @ The Rivebend Center for the Arts hosted by Women in Jazz….http://womeninjazz.org/.

Check out her new single “Listen 2 the Groove” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkP0HQ2XyPo#t=17

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Sep

M.E.E. ON THE RIGHT PATH

There has been a series of confirmations that have occurred in the last couple of weeks, a sort of crescendo effect leading up to this amazing message that says that we are on the right path.  Keiko Matsui has vowed her support http://www.keikomatsui.com/ , Art Sherrod posted ” I’m proud of  M.E.E. and you are creating a legacy” http://www.artsherrodjr.com/, Marcus Anderson posted that “M.E.E. was the future” http://www.marcusanderson.net/,  Matt Marshak says” THE JAZZ IN M.E.E  is an amazing publication! Your coverage of the diverse format of Jazz is superb! The stories, features, and the unbelievable presentation make this publication irresisitible!  http://mattmarshak.com/ . Yesterday this message was sent to us and we would like to share it. These are the type of messages that keep M.E.E going and inspire us to continue to support this national treasure “JAZZ”. We were blown away by the sincerity in the delivery of  Bron’s message to M.E.E. For him to take the time to write such an inspiring and heartfelt message left us speechless. Thank you.

Love You, Jazz, your message and your spirituality in energizing yourself into the music world of Jazz! You are Fantastic! Your synopsis of how you became more entrenched into your destiny of organizing, presenting, and discovering your divine purpose in life was gratifying. As a native from New Orleans, the birthplace of Jazz, I worried about the creators of Jazz going unnoticed and forgotten in a historical perspective by the people who love it most. I to believe that we have inner guides that help us navigate life’s obstacles and I feel that you have what it takes to help pass down the unique and marvelous music of Jazz in all it various forms.

The more I read of how each phase of growth transpired during your jazz exploration and how right it felt; the process, the people you connected with, the feedback, the cause to advocate for, the growth of the company and the decisions you make in research and development for organizational objectives, the more I felt at home in my desire to subscribe to The Jazz In M.E.E. Magazine. And as a Freelance Writer and Jazz enthusiast, I look forward to reading about the projects and events associated with the producers and artists in the Jazz arena. I would also be more than happy to lend my professional freelancing skills to help advocate and submit Jazz articles.

You seem to be very much at home living your passion and fulfilling your new found dreams, and as Rick Warren would say leading a purpose driven life embracing M.E.E.

Bron

To lean more about our story visit: http://thejazzinmee.com/about-mee/

“Never make someone a priority when you are only an option for them.”

“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude..”

“In Prosperity Our Friends Know Us. In Adversity We Know Our friends.”

_ Colin Powell

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27
Aug

M.E.E. will interview Candy Dulfer

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE will interview Candy Dulfer tomorrow August 22, 2013 to find out what cool things she has in store for us on The Smooth Jazz Cruise ~The Greatest Party at Sea.  She will set sail with M.E.E. & The Smooth Jazz Cruise -West Coast Edition Oct. 12 ‐ 19, 2013 from San Diego for the Mexican Riviera on Holland America’s m/s Westerdam .  We are excited to partner with The Smooth Jazz Cruise to bring  jazz enthusiasts to The Greatest Party at Sea! Stay tuned for the details about our conversation with CANDY  in THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE OCTOBER ISSUE!

Book online at www.TheSmoothJazzCruise.com or call 888-852-9987 and mention PROMO CODE MELODY to get these rates and attend the private cocktail party with M.E.E.! See you on the ship!

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26
Aug

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. meets David P Stevens

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing the very talented David P Stevens. He was a featured artist in THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE July Issue Jazz Watch.  He was just as dynamic as his music. He played in Houston this Thursday with Sax Man Kyle Turner and phenom vocalist Tekai Hicks. David’s visit to Houston was hosted by Twyn Sol –http://twynsolproductions.com. They are also huge advocates for Indie Artists and they showcase talented artists in the city of  Houston often.

To learn more about David and his new project Epiphany visit his website: http://www.davidstevensmusic.com

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29
Jul

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Meet & Greet HESTON

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THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine hosted a private meet & greet for our friend and national recording artist HESTON to hear all about his new project Love Junkie.

We got up close and personal with HESTON! He autographed his new single and we gave away magazines, t-shirts and wine glasses. Heston’s music is beautiful, lyrically refreshing, vocally and melodically unique, timeless, rich and soulful.

http://www.hestonmusic.com/

Thanks LA Vie Fusion Bistro & Lounge for your support!!!
14520 Memorial Drive suite 112, Houston, Texas 77079
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26
Jul

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Would like to welcome our new radio partner BluesJazzRadio!

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Would like to welcome our new radio partner BluesJazz Radio! Thanks Brett BJ Lewis  for joining our team and giving THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. our own 1hr Radio program! We truly appreciate your support!

BluesJazzRadio is a 24 hour global station that spotlights new and upcoming jazz and blues artist worldwide. They are now one of the featured stations on Radioloyalty.com They program global and local air personalities weekly and worldwide syndicated jazz and blues programming every weekend. Thier mission is simple…..send it…we’ll play it !!!  They accept product on mp3 with a short bio and pic to bluesjazzradio@gmail.com

http://bluesjazzradio.webs.com/

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18
Jul

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE ISSUE 3 JULY 2013 HAS ARRIVED!!!

EXTRA EXTRA!!!! READ ALL ABOUT IT!
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE ISSUE 3 JULY 2013
HAS ARRIVED!!!

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We are overwhelmed at the support and encouragement we have received.  We cannot do this without the backing of our partners, sponsors, readers, artists, and supporters. We thank all of you that have continually honored your word and used your resources and fan base to blast THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine out to the world. Thank you for adding links and promoting us on your websites, chatting M.E.E. up on social networks, purchasing our merchandise, advertising in our magazine, making video testimonials about your experience with us, writing letters and sending thank you notes. We are grateful and you are truly appreciated!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW JULY 2013 ISSUE
http://thejazzinmee.com/the-jazz-in-m-e-e-magazine-july-2013/

We value your feedback and appreciate your support of the M.E.E. Network. After previewing the magazine please visit our website to leave your comment.

28
Jun

Marion Meadows sports our SWAG!

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine feels very special! Marion Meadows sports our swag and he also designed the marketing piece. Thanks Marion for supporting us and being the featured artist on our April Magazine cover!

VIEW THE APRIL MAGAZINE ISSUE: http://thejazzinmee.com/the-jazz-in-m-e-e-magazine-april-2013/

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27
Jun

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine is seeking a PT Virtual Assistant

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine is seeking a PT Virtual Assistant to assist with events, projects, research, data entry, marketing, social networking and administative duties. Above average computer skills required, experience with MS Office, Excel, Powerpoint, Word. Graphic software experience a plus. Please email your resume to info@thejazzinmee.com.

21
Jun

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. to interview Joe Sample

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. is excited to announce that  we will interview the legendary Joe Sample!  We finally had the opportunity to meet last week  at  Hugh Masekela concert @ Dosey Doe. He and his wife Yolanda are devine.  Joe Sample resides in Houston, but keeps a busy travel scheudle. Please look for this priceless interview in an upcoming  issue of our magazine.

For more than four decades, pianist and composer Joe Sample has been an integral, innovative and bestselling part of jazz history. He is a founding member of the influential jazz funk combo The Crusaders (originally the Jazz Crusaders) and a pioneer of contemporary jazz piano.  Sample began playing the piano when he was five years old. Since the early 1980s, he has enjoyed a successful solo career and has guested on many recordings by other performers and groups, including Miles Davis, George Benson, Jimmy Witherspoon, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan and The Supremes. Sample incorporates jazz, gospel, blues, Latin, and classical forms into his music.

http://www.vervemusicgroup.com/joesample

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21
Jun

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. to interview Jeanette Harris

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. will interview Jeanette Harris this weekend during her visit to Houston!  We have not hung out with this saxy lady since Jan 2013 @ NAMM in California . Look for her exciting  interview in a future magazine issue.

Jeanette is the scintillating saxtress of smooth jazz. This lady understands that energetic and captivating performances matched with uplifting and inspiring vibrations in the music are the solid platinum recipe for success. Fans already recognize her for her wonderful cover of Stevie Wonder’s “All I Do,” which hit Billboard’s smooth jazz singles chart from her previous album, Saxified. Classically trained in both sax and piano, a graduate of Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music, and the saxophonist for the late, great Teena Marie’s final year of touring, Jeanette has weathered the fiercest challenges to bring the world her own brand of soulful healing vibes. That baptism awaits in her fourth CD, Summer Rain, on which Jeanette had a hand in writing all of the selections except her lovely cover of the Luther Vandross classic “Here and Now.” Its 11 sunny songs wrap the listener in the glow of fun love grooves and sweet romance.

“The music of Summer Rain is all about a positive vibe,” Jeanette states. “It’s about staying in love…never falling out of love, feeling good, being faithful and always following a positive route

Purchase her new CD Summer Rain! http://www.jeanetteharrisband.com/

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19
Jun

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. just listened to ”A Guy Named Joe Leavy”

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. just listened to ”A Guy Named Joe Leavy” CD project by singer/songwriter/producer Joe Leavy and I must say Love is where we live! Joe this CD is amazing, passionate and heartfelt. Your storytelling and smooth vocals were addictive. This project embodied a true musical definition of Joe Leavy brother, son, father, husband, and friend. I truly felt your romanticism, high regard for love and your devotion to music. “Skin in The Game” was incredible, the sentiment and zeal of your delivery in this song was breathtaking. ”I Heart You” and “My little One” captured the essence of LOVE! Uplifting and redeeming is an understatement! Mission accomplished Joe, this music will resonate in the hearts and minds of people forever. Magnificent job!

http://www.joeleavy.com/

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15
Jun

First peek inside “Soul Quest” the new journey from Keiko Matsui

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First peek inside “Soul Quest” the new journey from Keiko Matsui.  Black Lion…Check out video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iaQ1T7bzuZA#!

Purchase the single Black Lion on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/black-lion-single/id661826951

14
Jun

Hugh Masekela brings music magic to M.E.E in Texas

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine experienced history on June 13, 2013 during Hugh Masekela’s performance at Dosey Doe in the Woodlands. People live a life time and never experience music like we did. Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis delivered a real dose of national treasure… mesmerizing, impassioned, genuine, legendary, emotional and witty. We were  in awe! Joe Sample came out to support Hugh as well.  M.E.E was able to spend time with 3 legends and they were amazingly humble, down to earth and supportive. Hugh Masekela is more than special and  beyond talented. It was only he and Larry Willis on stage and the performance is breathtaking. Full cycle entertainment at its finest. His storytelling in song vocally and through the trumpet was magical. He shared the greats of jazz with us through his eyes, experience and interpretation. Get to know Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis! Stay tuned for Hugh Masekela’s interview in an upcoming issue of THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine.
http://www.hughmasekela.co.za/
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Jun

Twitter Sighting from Keiko Matsui

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12
Jun

Hugh Masekela Interviews with M.E.E.

Hugh Masekela the world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer and singer will interview with THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine tomorrow. His voice remains deeply connected at home, while his international career sparkles is coming to Houston/Woodlands Texas. He will be performing @ Dosey Doe – The Big Barn @ 8:30pm Thursday June 13,2013.

He was born in the town of  Witbank, South Africa in 1939. He has covered the globe & played with just about every top star youcan think of. His international hits have sold several million CDs. His GRAZING IN THE GRASS earned him a GRAMMY. BRING HIM BACK HOME became the anthem for Nelson Mandela’s world tour after his release from prison. His recent albums – all platinum. Larry Willis may be best known for being the keyboardist for Blood Sweat & Tears; in the industry he is recognized as a master jazz pianist & composer. http://www.doseydoe.com/
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Masekela began to hone his, now signature, Afro-Jazz sound in the late 1950s during a period of intense creative collaboration, most notably performing in the 1959 musical King Kong, written by Todd Matshikiza, and, soon thereafter, as a member of the now legendary South African group, the Jazz Epistles (featuring the classic line up of Kippie Moeketsi, Abdullah Ibrahim and Jonas Gwangwa).

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7
Jun

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Welcomes our new Client Jacqui Sutton

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Welcomes our new Client Jacqui Sutton to the M.E.E. Family. We are very excited to introduce you to Jacqui Sutton and the Frontier Jazz Orchestra. To book Jacqui Sutton please contact  THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. http://jacquisutton.thejazzinmee.com/

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7
Jun

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. SUPPORTS THE ARTS!

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE SUPPORTS THE ARTS!!! We are looking to showcase Fashion Designers & Artists (painters, sculptors, sketch artists etc. in our magazine . Please submit (3) high resolution pictures along with your bio to info@thejazzinmee.com. for consideration.

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7
Jun

Theresa Graysons Natural Woman Listening Party

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine hits The Living Room for Theresa Grayson’s listening party for her new CD Natural Woman! This CD is going to be HOT! You can pickup the new single! Purchase on iTunes Now | Be the First to get your copy! – www.theresagrayson.com

 

 

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1
Jun

The Jazz In M.E.E. is Accepting CD Submissions

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. is accepting CD submissions for our music showcase and for editorial consideration.
Please send your CDs to:

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E.
P.O. BOX 683184
Houston, Texas 77268
Attn: Melody Warren

24
May

Thank You from the Marquez – Greene Family

A personal thank you note sent to M.E.E. from the Greene Family for our tribute article on Ana in our January issue. Love wins! Donate! http://anagracefund.com/

Read the article: http://thejazzinmee.com/the-jazz-in-m-e-e-magazine-january-2013/

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16
May

ADVERTISE WITH M.E.E….

ADVERTISE WITH M.E.E. Please join the Artists and that have graced the pages of THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine.

 

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine aims to be an informative, inspiring and entertaining jazz style of living magazine where readers can find in-depth feature articles and columns pertaining to everything jazz with an artistic flair. Let us help you find your target market! This is an excellent opportunity for maximum exposure to artists, musicians, festivals, radio/internet stations, jazz business supporters and enthusiasts within the jazz and arts community.

 

The following have graced our pages:

Marion Meadows, Keiko Matsui, Gail Jhonson, Elan Trotman, Deon Yates, Robert Glasper, Stephen Richard, Jeff Lorber, Michael Lington, Lin Rountree,Phil Denny, Tony Exum, Aysha Webb, Jacqui Sutton, Christin McBride, Art Sherrod, Brian Lenair, Marcus Anders, Eddie Baccus, Zdany Chrisholm, Jackiem Joyner, Eric Darius, George Benson, Jack Prybylsik, Robin Bramlet, Scott Allen, Ken Slavin, Tom Braxton, Peter White, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, Mindi Abair, Dana Jackson, Kerry Wilkins,Hank Stewart, Jonathan Butler, Warren Hill, Dee Lucas, Rod Williams, Reggie Hines, Jazzy Frank, Heston Francis, Darlene Moreno, Jeanette Harris, Cindy Bradley, Pocket Brown, Ryan Kilgore, Jo Khool, Karen Briggs, Althea Rene, Jason Moran, Drew Davidsen, Marcus Adams, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tia Fuller, Jordan Donald, Punkin from Pluto, Wendy Taylor, Patrick Williams, Everette Harp, Matt Marshak and many more..

 

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14
May

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. goes to SPAIN!

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine partnered with Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival to bring jazz enthusiasts to the only smooth jazz festival in the European Mediterranean. We enjoyed the finer things in life, phenomenal music, exquisite food, luscious wine, amazing entertainment, perfect weather, and a unique experience in the breathtaking scenery of the Mediterranean Sea.  The festival was held at the Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa. This 5-star hotel is located only 300 meters from the beach and is characterized by an elegant, modern and fully-equipped spa, as well as dreamy landscaped gardens and cozy swimming pools.

This experience was remarkable and for M.E.E to witness jazz being held in such high regard was phenomenal. We are advocates for jazz and to see it in the spotlight and supported like it’s rock-n-roll counterpart was exceptional.  Jazz has become immensely popular in Europe, South Africa, and Japan, just to name a few places. This national treasure has been adopted and embraced overseas and is now international. This was a fun filled intimate musical weekend, where you could spend some up close and personal time with the artists and their music. Check out the schedule of events that were offered:

Pre- Concert Events:

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 08:00 pm
Welcome Gala Dinner with all artists and Tomeu Caldentey
the first Mallorcan cook to receive a Michelin star. Served menu at the Biomar Gran Hotel.

Thursday, May 2, 2013 from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm

Day Excursion to Palma de Mallorca – Shopping and visiting the beautiful old town

Thursday, May 2, 2013 from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
Day Excursion to Palma de Mallorca – Shopping and visiting the beautiful old town
incl. bus trip from Biomar Gran Hotel and back; free time management for all participants

Friday, May 3, 2013 from 10:00 am to 02:00 pm
Half-day excursion to a traditional Mallorcan Bodega 
visit of 2 different wineries incl. wine tasting and some typical, local specialities (finger food). Bus trip from Biomar Gran Hotel and back

Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 10:00 am
Golf with “The Producers” – PAUL BROWN & DARREN RAHN
at Club de Golf Son Servera incl. Green Fee for 18 holes and transport from Biomar Gran Hotel and back

Artists & Live Concerts:

Friday, May 3, 2013
08:15 pm Entrance
09:00 pm Live Concert 1: MICHAEL LINGTON
10:30 pm Live Concert 2: PAUL BROWN & DARREN RAHN
00:00 pm Aftershow-Party
Saturday, May 4, 2013
08:15 pm Entrance
09:00 pm Live Concert 1: MATT MARSHAK
10:30 pm Live Concert 2: RICK BRAUN + Rocco Ventrella (Sax)
00:00 pm Aftershow-Party
Sunday, May 5, 2013
10:45 am Entrance
11:30 am Live Concert 1: ROCCO VENTRELLA
Live Concert 2: MARC ANTOINE & BRIAN SIMPSON
02:00 pm End of the Festival

 

Stay tune for our detailed recap of this festival and its success in our upcoming magazine issue. To view more photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10201254108338550.1073741829.1346973708&type=3 To learn more about this festival visit :http://www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de/artists/?lang=en

 

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13
May

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E Meets: Will Downing & Gerald Albright

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. had the pleasure of spending the afternoon interviewing and the evening being thoroughly entertained by the powerful saxy sounds of Gerald Albright and the smooth romantic baritone vocals of Will Downing. Avery Sunshine opened the show with her fun, interactive and playful vocals and lyrics coined ‘jazzgosoul’. What a special way to celebrate Mothers day and also raise money for a great cause (1530 Seward Foundation). Donna Franklin hosted this Serious Sounds sponsored event.

Women love Will Downing and men love the women who love Will Downing. In his two-decade recording career, the Brooklyn native has carved for himself a solid career. Will Downing has established himself as one of the most consistent, soulful singers of his era and arguably, with the unfortunate death of Luther Vandross, as today’s leading provider of romantic, soulful music. Downing is known in the contemporary jazz and R&B music genres for his rich baritone vocals, and his interpretations of R&B and pop classics that stretch back to the early 1980s. He was on fire last night and we loved it in Houston.

The crowd could not get enough of Gerald last night. He took us on his a trip with his medley of songs that covered the musical spectrum, jazz, blues and R&B.   Albright had sold over 1,000,000 albums in the U.S. alone. His self-produced music features him on bass guitar, keyboards, flutes, drum programming, and background vocals. Gerald has definitely earned the reputation as the “musician’s musician. With 15 CDs under his belt and one collaboration CD, Albright has definitely gained his place in the music world as a player, songwriter and producer.

 

Please stay tuned for a recap of the interview that M.E.E had with Gerald in a future magazine issue. He reveals some amazing details about upcoming projects, his approach to music today and how he gives back…

 To learn more about these amazing artists visit their websites

Will Downing: http://www.willdowning.com/start/

Gerald Albright: http://www.geraldalbright.com/index.htm

Avery Sunshine: http://www.averysunshine.com/

 

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10
May

SNEAK PEEK ~THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. PHOTOSHOOT IN SPAIN

Here is a sneak peek of THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. photoshoot in Spain featuring Grammy Award winner Paul Brown, Marc Antoine, Brian Simpson, Rocco Ventrella, Matt Marshak, and Darren Rahn.

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. spent time with the talented group during the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival. Stay tuned for more about the experience in our next magazine issue.

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Apr

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine April 2013 issue is now available!

The wait is over!!!
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine April 2013
issue is now available!

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THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine would like to thank you so much for embracing our magazine. We are overwhelmed and humbled by the outpour of support, encouragement and feedback regarding our inaugural issue. We are very pleased with the magazine that we have created to support and advocate for the jazz genre and we are ecstatic that you are as well. It is wonderful to have such supportive fans who are there for us. We appreciate your support immensely. I would also like to send a special thanks to my family for their continued love and support. We will continue on our mission to keep jazz and its artists present.
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine is the newest addition to the M.E.E. network, targeting devotees to jazz and the arts. This magazine will include dynamic cover stories, trendy Jazz Watch music reviews, boldly stylish CD releases, trend setting blog updates, enchantingly cool featured festival insights, informative “Inside M.E.E.” reports and other consequential jazz information.

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We value your feedback and appreciate your support of the M.E.E. Network. After previewing the magazine please visit our website to leave your comment.

17
Apr

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine to interview the mega talented Gerald Albright!

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine to interview the mega talented Gerald Albright . He will visit that Lone Star State in May for a Mothers day performance in Houston!!!

Albright had sold over 1,000,000 albums in the U.S. alone. His self-produced music features him on bass guitar, keyboards, flutes, drum programming, and background vocals. Gerald has definitely earned the reputation as the “musician’s musician.

With 15 CDs under his belt and one collaboration CD, Albright has definitely gained his place in the music world as a player, songwriter and producer.

To view Tour Dates http://www.geraldalbright.com/tour.htm

 

11
Apr

April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) Let’s Celebrate!

April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM)
Let’s Celebrate!

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The Spirit and Rhythms of Jazz is the 2013 Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) theme highlighting jazz cultural history, musical performance and stories, programs and productions this April. JAM and UNESCO’s International Jazz Day April 30 provide rich platforms for individuals and communities to explore jazz principles of freedom, inclusion and creativity to learn how jazz has transformed America and inspired the world.The Smithsonian will present stories, images, and music highlighting various jazz artists and people who helped shape America’s original art form – jazz – over several decades; three jazz legends to be featured are: Lionel Hampton, Randy Weston and John Levy.

THE SPIRIT AND RHYTHMS OF JAZZ 

Lionel Hampton’s Smithsonian story has an unmistakable vibe. His image on the 2013 JAM poster is created from artwork by Frederick J. Brown on permanent display at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. A set of vibes Hampton donated to the Smithsonian jazz collection in 2001 will be played at special jazz events.

Featuring outstanding sidemen and soloists, as well as his own swinging vibe playing, Lionel Hampton’s bands during the 1940s and 1950s were among the most popular and most exciting in jazz. Hampton was raised in the Midwest, primarily in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he received his first musical training. His career began behind the drums; his first music job was in a newsboys’ band sponsored by the Chicago Defender.

This portrait of Lionel Hampton was created in 1997 by the late Frederick J. Brown, an African American artist whose passion for jazz, blues and American culture provided the artistic inspiration for his work. Brown presented this portrait to Hampton at an 89th birthday party held at Brown’s loft in New York City.

Born February 6, 1945 in Greensboro, GA., Brown grew up on the south side of Chicago. He was a largely self-taught artist, who earned a degree in art and psychology from Southern Illinois University. Brown was influenced by the German Expressionists and Abstract Expressionists like Willem de Kooning, who was a mentor.

Lionel Hampton Bio:http://www.nea.gov/honors/jazz/jmCMS/master.php?id=1988_02&type=bio

Randy Weston is renowned for illuminating linkages between African rhythms and jazz. His perspective is embodied in works like his Uhuru Afrika, collaborations with Gnaoua musicians of Morocco, and his promotion of the legacy of James Reese Europe. Weston will join the Smithsonian in presenting a concert and onstage discussion to showcase this history.

 John Levy was a successful African American jazz business manager during a period of American history when few black men commanded respect and fair business dealings for themselves, much less others. Levy delivered both, managing artists from jazz vocalist Nancy Wilson (who remained a client until Levy’s death)to British pianist George Shearing, among others, with integrity and keen business acumen on the strength of his handshake and courage.

John Clayton teams up with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra to deliver a webcast performance of original music in tribute to John Levy, the jazz bassist turned business manager, to highlight the Smithsonian’s celebration of International Jazz Day.

To learn more: http://www.smithsonianjazz.org

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19
Mar

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine Launch Party & CD Release for Elan Trotman

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine Launch Party
& CD Release for Elan Trotman

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E.  Magazine Launch and CD Release for Elan Trotman’s Tropicality was a huge success.http://thejazzinmee.com/tickets/ We would like to thank everyone that attended and supported this event.

Thanks to my biggest supporters my FAMILY!!! Thanks to our sponsors, Asinni Entertainment Group, Crave Gourmet – Chef Tarsha Gary, Creative Delites – Tamala Austin, Wright Touch Designs – Tonya Wright, & Author Patrina Randolph – From Fat to Fierce. Special thanks to….Bonita Lewis, Britney Wade, and Kristina Cox. Thanks Melvin Lampkins and Carolyn Beverly for showing love all the way from San Antonio… Thanks Jeffrey Kelley for your support M.E.E. We always have a blast when we get together and this was know different…..

This was a groovy night of celebration, Jazz music with a captivating ambiance. This experience included 3 of the most dynamic performers on the scene. Elan Trotman, Seven and Wendy Taylor.They captured and demanded our attention and delivered an exceptional magazine launch musical gift to M.E.E. and our guests. It was a night of Jazzy surprises as Elan blasted us with his chart topping tune Masterblaster Jammin and teased us with tracks from Topicality. He brought the crowd to their feet with his cover of a medley of Earth Wind & Fire tunes. Seven showed his versatility with his story telling , his Latest and Greatest serenade to me with and landed the final musical knockout with delighting the crowd with his heartfelt version of Teddy Pendergrass Love T.K.O. Wendy was charming as she entertained the crowd with Etta James At Last and showcased her BIG vocals with her version of Love You I Do by Jennifer Hudson. Guy Micheal’s was an amazing host as he came dressed for the part in his Tropical attire! He kept the crowed informed, humored and engaged! This event would not at all be possible if it was not for the HOT, DYNAMIC, AND TALENTED BAND!!! They did not miss a beat and killed all night long….. We were extremely impressed and entertained by- Jorvan (JB) Butler on keys, Will Curtis on Bass, Don Lott on Guitar, and Larry Grant on Drums. Awesome job!!!! We also had a few special guests…. The legendary Bobby Lyle, Bass player Earnest Prince and Saxophonist Stephen Richard stopped in.

There were 3 photographers covering this event: April Hall, Melvin Lampkin and Antonio Nichols.
Please keep your eye on M.E.E. and our new magazine. We have a big year planned and we would love to share it with you. Our next magazine issue will be released out in April… View or purchase a copy of our January issue:http://thejazzinmee.com/the-jazz-in-m-e-e-magazine-january-2013/ To learn more about M.E.E.http://thejazzinmee.com/about-mee/. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/355916861180651/

To view more pictures visit: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10201052417376402.1073741826.1346973708&type=3

Special Guests: Wendy Taylor, Seven and a few other surprises

Saturday March 30, 2013
Cafe 4212 Jazz Bar
4212 Almeda Houston, Texas 77004

Doors open @ 7:00pm Show starts @ 8:00pm
Tickets $20 online $25 @ the door

 

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14
Mar

Congratulations Melody Warren CEO of The Jazz In MEE has been Nominated for 2 EOTM Awards

Congratulations to Melody Warren, Editor of The Jazz In M.E.E. Magazine, nominated for 2 EOTM Awards. Entertainment Magazine of the Year & Editor of the Year.

Congratulations!  THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. has been nominated for Entertainment Magazine of the Year by EOTM and Melody Warren has been nominated for Editor of the Year.

Please support and spread the word about our nomination. Tell your friends, family, fans, patrons and associates to visit the EOTM Awards social media pages — Facebook.com/eotmawards and Twitter @eotmawards and show their support for THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. by posting on their wall, tweeting with hashtag #EOTMAwards and blogging — all about M.E.E.!

The EOTM Awards takes place on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA.

Our voting began on February 10th and runs through June 14, 2013. Winners will be announced live on August 4th.

Winners of the EOTM’s are selected by the EOTM Awards voting committee. All exude an illustrious background in the entertainment industry.

About the EOTM Awards

The EOTM Awards is an accolade presented by the EOTM Radio & TV Network celebrating entrepreneurial achievements and performances in business, philanthropy and the arts (recordings, television, radio, and literature, film, directing and writing). The EOTM Awards Show will also present “The Aaron Hatcher Award” to key individuals and organizations that promote human rights and social justice. Please visit www.eotmawards.com to find out more about the show.

View January issue of  THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine: http://thejazzinmee.com/the-jazz-in-m-e-e-magazine-january-2013/

 

 

28
Feb

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. interviews GRAMMY AWARD winner Robert Glasper

 

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. interviews GRAMMY AWARD winner Robert Glasper! Robert won a Grammy for his Black Radio project. We were excited and honored for an opportunity to meet him shortly after his Grammy win! http://robertglasper.com. You have seen him on David Letterman! Lets welcome him and celebrate his Grammy win! We all know he travels with the most amazing musical guests!

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine interviews Robert Glasper and attends Nikki Ross CD Release in Houston on 2/26/13 – Host: Marcus Wiley… Great music from: Patrick Williams Quartet, Kyle Turner Grammy Winner Robert Glasper with a surprise musical guest Lalah Hathaway !!Proceeds to assist Non Hodgkins Lymphoma Youth! Hosted by Mayweather Entertainment.

Check out THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine :http://thejazzinmee.com/the-jazz-in-m-e-e-magazine-january-2013/

Robert’s David Letterman video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SkQiE4hwbg

Event info…http://mayweatherentertainment.eventbrite.com/  and https://www.facebook.com/events/136491339849738/142413039257568/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity

 

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24
Feb

STOP THE MUSIC!!! Robert Glasper is coming home to Houston!

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Don’t think just because M.E.E. is  going to Spain and M.E.E. is having a magazine launch celebration that we have forgotten about the interview, homecoming and GRAMMY celebration for ROBERT GLASPER  this Tuesday 2/26/13!!!! Don’t get it TWISTED, we are READY and we hope you have your tickets because it will be a packed house. JOIN M.E.E in welcoming Robert back to H-Town…

Which musical guest will he bring with him this time? We have our camera ready!!!

GET TICKETS NOW:
http://mayweatherentertainment.eventbrite.com/

21
Feb

Jet set with “M.E.E.” to Spain!

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Who’s going with “M.E.E.” to the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival in Spain?  May 3 – 5, 2013

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine partners with Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival to bring jazz enthusiasts to the only smooth jazz festival in the European Mediterranean.

http://www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de/partner/?lang=en

Located in Sa Coma, on the beautiful east coast of the Spanish island Mallorca. An exotic musical festival with a unique blend of jazz music awaits you in the exclusive ambiance of the Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa. This 5-star hotel is located only 300 meters from the beach and is characterized by an elegant, modern and fully-equipped spa, as well as dreamy landscaped gardens and cozy swimming pools (indoor / outdoor).

If you are looking to enjoy the finer things in life, phenomenal music, exquisite food, luscious wine, amazing entertainment, perfect weather, and a unique experience in the breathtaking scenery of the Mediterranean Sea, this musical vacation is just what you have been waiting for.

On stage, we will welcome some of the biggest and most successful international stars on the Contemporary and Smooth Jazz scene. The live concerts will take place on Friday and Saturday evening and on Sunday forenoon until afternoon.

Come on……Jet set with “M.E.E.” to Spain!  We only live once!

http://www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de/?lang=en

RSVP with M.E.E:  https://www.facebook.com/events/614324098583827/

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19
Feb

A Hot Jazz Ticket during The NBA All Star Weekend in Houston featuring Marion Meadows, Kyle Turner and Michael Ward

DSC_0016 THE 2013 NBA All Star Weekend Jazzy Day Party hosted by Athens Hotel Ballroom in downtown Houston featuring Marion Meadows, Kyle Turner and Michael Ward. Photos by THE JAZZ IN M.E.E.

The NBA All Star Game landed in Houston this year and the festivities were extravagant and riveting.  This year Jazz secured its place in the mix and it was a hot ticket. THE JAZZ IN M.E.E enjoyed the Jazzy Day Party hosted by the stylish and swanky new Athens Hotel Ballroom in the heart of downtown Houston. We had an awesome time with our jazz family Marion Meadows, Kyle Turner and Michael Ward. They gave star studded memorable performances that we will be everlasting in the hearts of the jazz lovers in attendance. The atmosphere was grown & sexy and the energy was intimate & magical. These three artists individually are remarkable but together they were awe-inspiring.

 

Marion Meadows has a personality of calm and intrigue and his music mirrors that. As he moved his body in a waving motion to music, we could only focus on the sound coming from the sax which was alluring and hypnotic and even more so that his eyes were masked by his trademark shades. As I watched the crowd, I noticed that they were hanging on to each note passionately as he captivated the them with his smooth jazz-styled soprano sax sound and had them grooving uncontrollably.

Marion Meadows was born in West Virginia and raised primarily in Connecticut; after adopting the classical clarinet at age nine, he moved to the saxophone as a teen, later studying composition and arranging at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. A protégé of Joe Henderson and Eddie Daniels, Meadows later served a long stint as a member of Norman Connors’ Starship Orchestra; after a series of session dates and sideman gigs, he made his solo debut in 1990 with the RCA release For Lovers Only.  Marion Releases his long awaited 13th project “WHISPERS” in March 2013 after a 4 year hiatus.

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Kyle Turner is the pulse of jazz in Houston and he was very gracious to M.E.E. by shining the spotlight on what our company is doing for jazz nationally and internationally. He hit a musical grand slam with this audience with his soulful and dynamic performance on tenor sax. He jammed the afternoon away and the audience adored every minute.

Kyle Turner is a creative and innovative artist that has warmed the hearts of many with the sultry musical notes birthed from his instrument, the saxophone! A native of Houston Texas, Kyle began his musical journey at a young age. Under the direction of Algernon Jones during his Middle School years and James P Moseley and Alan Beverly during his high school years, Kyle developed the tools necessary to pursue his career in music. With mentors like Arnette Cobb, Conrad Johnson and Kirk Whalum, Kyle’s music took on a more serious note and he quickly established himself as one of the most exciting young talents to grace the city of Houston! In 2011 Kyle released his 5th CD “Wrapped Tight.”

www.kyleturner.net

 

Micheal Ward’s magnetic display of musical creativity and extreme talent on the violin was the truth! He came out swinging musical punches and the crowd enjoyed it immensely.  He gave us a diverse musical experience on violin and had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand. He had an infectious sense of humor and enjoyed that he was performing during the afternoon, because it was reminiscence of playing in Louisiana, the state that he calls home.

He began playing music at a very early age, starting with piano playing, and attending band practice with his mother Carol Ward who is a Jazz vocalist. His fondest memories are listening to Clifford Scott “Honky Tonk” on sax and Frank Garrett on organ, and hearing his mom sing all those great jazz standards. Upon entering Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, Michael decided to become a jazz guitarist because he saw no financial future with the violin. After one week in college his roommate asked if he had ever heard Noel Pointer or Jean luc Ponte. He had not, so his roommate handed him a tape, told him to check it out, and exited the room. After listening to the tapes, he knew immediately this was what he wanted to do. Once again he ended up with his violin.

www.michaelwardviolinist.com

 

We had a joyous time covering this event and was truly entertained. I would like to thank Marion, Kyle and Micheal for embracing M.E.E. and everyone for supporting M.E.E. & our new magazine. We would also like to thank Chris Watson, Athens Hotel Ballroom and their staff for welcoming us.  We are grateful and honored by the outpouring of support and encouragement on our journey advocating for jazz.

 

Please check out the January edition of THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine and share with your friends & family!

http://thejazzinmee.com/the-jazz-in-m-e-e-magazine-january-2013/

 

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18
Feb

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12
Feb

It’s A Family Thing – CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE & M.E.E.

Grammy Award Winning Bassist extraordinaire Christian McBride February 8, 2013  Wortham Theater in Houston. The Jazz In M.E.E. photo by Vena Creations Grammy Award Winning Bassist Extraordinaire Christian McBride February 8, 2013 Wortham Theater in Houston. The Jazz In M.E.E. photo by vacreations

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E was tipped off about Christian McBride during the Martha’s Vineyard Jazz Festival in August of 2012 by the talented and emerging jazz force Christian Sands christiansandsjazz.com and began to follow him.  We were ecstatic to hear that he was coming to Houston with his band Inside Straight to celebrate 25 years of music with Da Camera chamber of music and jazz. We quickly reached out to the McBride camp to request an interview and they graciously accepted.

On February 8, 2013 we set out to the Wortham Theater in Houston to meet the Grammy Award winning Bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, educator, curator and administrator. Christian McBride’s father, Lee Smith, and his great uncle, Howard Cooper, are also well known Philadelphia bassists who served as McBride’s early mentors. Christian McBride, has been one of the most important and most omnipresent figures in the jazz world for 20 years   As a sideman in the jazz world alone, he’s worked with the best of the very best – Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, J.J. Johnson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson, McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny. In the R&B world, he’s not only played with, but also arranged for Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Lalah Hathaway, and the one and only Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. In the pop/rock world, he’s extensively collaborated with Sting, Carly Simon, Don Henley, and Bruce Hornsby. In the hip-hop/neo-soul world, he’s collaborated with the Roots, D’Angelo, and Queen Latifah. In many other specialty projects, he’s worked closely with opera legend Kathleen Battle, bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer, the Shanghai Quartet and the Sonus Quartet.

He invited us into his musical territory with open arms and allowed us to engage him and the band during rehearsal and sound check in their ambiance. We had fun with them and enjoyed our creative freedom.  We positioned and repositioned our signage around him to get the perfect picture and he rolled with the punches. Even joked by asking “Do you carry that sign everywhere”?  My answer was, yes…It’s our trademark, and he chuckled.  As he read through the magazine, he asked “I’m I going to be in this magazine”?  I said, yes you are. “Wow!!! It is awesome” he replied.  “I love what you are doing for jazz.” I felt very proud and grateful by his compliment and confidence in M.E.E.

We experienced quite a bit about him hanging with him for the day. His personality was magnetic, he loved to laugh, his smile brightened the room and everyone enjoyed being in his presence. He is mega talented, but very humble. His view of jazz and how to attract new fans was eclectic and he adored the mystery of not knowing where jazz was headed in the future. He would rather bask in the moment. He also believed that a key element in being a successful bass player is taking on a supportive role. “We are the brick layers” and we have to support the entire band he implied.   Meeting him was like family; he wanted to show us the life of jazz from his eyes. He gave us an up-close and personal view of high & heavy art verbally and musically. He revealed insight regarding his fascination with big band writers, arranging and scoop on his upcoming book. He shared great details with us, and vowed to have our back in jazz and at one point he had a M.E.E. t-shirt on his chest, a magazine in his hand all under the M.E.E. sign, taking photos vowing his support. It was hilarious. He has a great story to share and we cannot wait to share it with you in a future JAZZ IN M.E.E. issue. Our journey continues to get better.

After the interview he prepared for his performance with his fabulous band members; saxophonist Steve Wilson, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, pianist Peter Martin and drummer Carl Allen.  These guys put on a dynamic show, and Christian got down to busy making the bass do things I had never witnessed. His performance was breath taking. I found myself holding my breath at times to endure the beauty of the it.  They charmed us with “Theme for Kareem” (Freddie Hubbard),”Sophisticated Lady” (Duke Ellington),”Stick & Move” (McBride) and “Brother Mister (excerpt)” (McBride).

This talented Grammy Award winner was incredible! Christian, his management team, his band and the venue treated M.E.E. like “Royalty”. They were totally open, gracious and supportive.  We appreciate and value what Christian McBride has and will continue to contribute to the jazz journey. Look for more about this charismatic artist from M.E.E. soon.

To get to know Christian McBride and to purchase his new CD visit:
http://www.christianmcbride.com/

Da Camera of Houston, founded in 1987, was created with the intention to produce a series of thematically programmed concerts designed to attract new listeners to the concert hall. By bringing together leading American and international musicians, specifically selected for each program, Da Camera concerts offer a broad range of repertoire and musical styles while ensuring a product of outstanding musical excellence.

Under the artistic leadership of Sarah Rothenberg since 1994, Da Camera maintains its commitment to this high caliber of musicianship brought together to perform in its Houston-based subscription series at the Wortham Theater Center and The Menil Collection; its extensive education and outreach activities; and its regional, national and international touring initiatives.

http://www.dacamera.com

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11
Feb

Chick Corea won the Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition!

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Congratulations to Chick Corea for winning a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition! (“Mozart Goes Dancing” from Hot House, with Gary Burton”)

11
Feb

HOUSTONS OWN “ROBERT GLASPER” WINS A GRAMMY!

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THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. congratulates Robert Glasper for his Grammy Award win for BEST R&B ALBUM Black Radio! THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine will now interview our 2nd Grammy Award winner this month! How exciting! Robert Glasper will perform in Houston on 2/26/13. Join M.E.E. in welcoming him home and lets celebrate his Grammy win. http://mayweatherentertainment.eventbrite.com/

8
Feb

Twitter Sighting from Christian McBride

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Twitter Sighting from Christian McBride